There are many little black plum-like berries in the Central Australian bush. This particular berry is actually a mistletoe (angkwerrpme in Josie's language), and one of just a few varieties that have edible berries; making it an important food source.
Josie's painting explores the ripening stages of the berries maturity using significant amounts of purple and orange in a style quite uniquely hers.
After significant rainfall, the desert transforms from an analogous landscape to a panorama of abundant colour and vegetation.
These sweet edible berries change from green to shades of yellow, red and orange before finally a blueish purple (close to black) when it falls from the stem and is collected in bulk.
The square like shape in the centre is symbolic of the ripening journey, travelling path and song lines of the angkwerrpme being celebrated after rain.
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